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The Primetime Emmy Awards Turns 70

Programming Insider by Marc Berman
Friday, January 25, 2019
The 1st Annual Emmy Awards were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles in 1949…In 1961, John F. Kennedy became the first U.S. president to hold a live televised news conference…Robert Altman theatrical “M*A*S*H,” which spun-off the long-running sitcom of the same name, was released in 1970…The “Cousin Oliver Syndrome” began on ABC’s “The Brady Bunch” in 1974 when Robbie Rist joined the cast just six episodes before the beloved sitcom was canceled…Celebrity Birthdays: Actress Jenifer Lewis (“Dreamgirls”) is 62; singerAlicia Keys is 38.

-Did You Know?
Robbie Rist is remembered for his short-lived stint on “The Brady Bunch. But he also appeared on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which he joined late in the series run in 1976 as Ted (Ted Knight) and Georgette’s (Georgia Engel) adopted son David. In between the two sitcoms he appeared in 1974-75 NBC high school drama“Lucas Tanner,” which starred David Hartman

RATINGS BOX                                                                    
Thursday 1/24/19

Household Rating/Share
ABC and CBS: 3.9 rating/7 share, NBC: 2.4/ 4, Fox: 2.2/ 4, CW: 0.9/ 2

Percent Change from the Year-Ago Evening”
CBS: +19, ABC: -11, NBC: -14, CW: -18, Fox: -19

-Ratings Scorecard:
ABC and CBS shared overnight leadership on this uneventful Thursday, with two repeat episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” (8 p.m.: #1t: 5.5 rating/9 share; 9 p.m.: #2: 4.2/ 7) leading into two episodes of newbie sitcom “Fam.” The 8:30 p.m. edition of “Fam” scored a second-place 4.4/ 7 in households, which held 80 percent of the “Big Bang” audience; while the regularly scheduled 9:30 p.m. edition of “Fam” slipped to a 3.5/ 6 (#2). Comparably, that 3.5 household rating was 17 percent below the 4.2/ 7 one week earlier. In other words, this is not an improvement over recent time period occupant “Murphy Brown.”

For the remainder of the analysis and the half-hour breakdown for Thursday, January 24, click here

Live+Same Day Data
Monday 1/21/19: Click here
Tuesday 1/22/19: Click here

Source: Nielsen Media Research


Netflix Renews “F is For Family”
Netflix has greenlit a fourth season of animated comedy “F is For Family.” Created by Bill Burr and Michael Price (“The Simpsons”), “F is For Family” is set in the 1970s, a time when political correctness, helicopter parenting and indoor smoking bans weren’t part of anyone’s vocabulary, let alone the norm. Burr voices family patriarch Frank. Voice cast also includes Laura Dern, Justin Long, Debi Derryberry, Haley Reinhart and Sam Rockwell, among others.

Ten new episodes of “F is For Family” have been ordered.

YouTube Orders Second Season of “Liza on Demand”
YouTube announced that it has ordered a second season of comedy “LIza on Demand,” with an order for eight additional episodes. In “Liza on Demand” viewers follow the chaotic misadventures that ensue as the eponymous character (Liza Koshy) takes on various tasks and odd jobs, as she tries to get ahead in the gig economy. Featuring a young diverse cast, season one took satirical stabs at topics like gender bias and romantic tropes.

Animal Planet Greenlights Season 2 of “Crikey! It’s The Irwins”
Animal Planet has ordered a second season of docuseries “Crickey! It’s The Irwins.” The series shares the tireless work of the Irwin family – Terri, Bindi and Robert – as they continue late patriarch Steve Irwin’s mission to bring people closer to animals and inspire people to become “Wildlife Warriors,” with their messages of wildlife conservation.

The current freshman season finale of “Crikey! It’s The Irwins” airs Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

USA Renews “Suits” for Final Ninth Season
USA has granted a ninth season renewal to drama “Suits,” which will mark if final season. Debuting on June 23, 2011, “Suits” initially revolved around Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) and Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), two lawyers at a high-profile New York corporate law firm.

Ten final episodes have been ordered and are expected to air later this year. A spin-off from “Suits” called “Pearson,” headlined by original star Gina Torres, has been ordered.


Oxygen documentary “Seduced By Evil” will premiere on Saturday, February 9 at 8 p.m. ET. The logline: “Seduced By Evil” delves into the world of the wickedly smart and dangerously evil Derek Alldred, a criminal mastermind who sought out relationships with unsuspecting women and entangled them in a web of lies to deplete their savings and support his fabricated life. Through the eyes of the countless women he deceived, the documentary will feature exclusive interviews with former victims who speak on the emotional devastation and financial ruin Alldred left behind and how they ultimately banded together to take him down.

Hour-long special “Tone Bell: Can’t Cancel This” will debut on Friday, Feb.22 at 10 p.m. on Showtime on-air, streaming and on demand. The special was filmed at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas. A native of Atlanta, Tone Bell currently stars opposite Nina Dobrev and Odessa Adlon in the new CBS primetime comedy series “Fam.”

Bravo docuseries “Summer House” will return for a new season on Monday, March 4.  Kyle Cooke, Amanda Batula, Carl Radke, Lindsay Hubbard, and Danielle Olivera are joined by Hannah Berner, Paige DeSorbo and Jordan Verroi as they embark on a journey of endless fun, drama and hook-ups.

NBC will premiere midseason comedy “Abby’s” on Thursday, March 28 at 9:30 p.m. ET.  Shot outdoors in front of a live studio audience (which is a first for any multi-camera comedy), the series is set in a backyard gathering place for locals to find camaraderie and sanctuary. To maintain the perfect bar ecosystem, all patrons must abide by a specific set of rules. This includes no cell phones (not even to look something up), understanding that earning a seat at the bar takes time to rise through the hierarchy and knowing that losing a challenge may have some unpleasant and unpalatable drink-related repercussions.

Upcoming FX limited series “Fosse/Verdon” will premiere Tuesday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET. “Fosse/Verdon” is an eight-episode limited series from producers Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Joel Fields. Based on “Fosse,” the biography written by Sam Wasson, “Fosse/Verdon” tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors. She was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together, they changed the face of American entertainment – at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art.

Series premieres: “Black Earth Rising, “Kingdom” on Netflix; “Four More Shots Please!” on Amazon; “I Live With a Killer” on Reelz; “Sydney to the Max” on Disney Channel…“Club de Cuervos” returns for season four on Netflix…“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” concludes for the season on Netflix…For the program options for Friday, January 25, click here 
Wasn’t that Cousin Oliver also?

In addition to his short stints on “The Brady Bunch” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Robbie Rist was a series regular on a 1970s primetime drama. What was the name of that show?

a) “Big John, Little John”
b) “Big Shamus, Little “Shamus”
c) “The Family Holvak”
d) “Grandpa Goes to Washington”
e) “Lucas Tanner”

The answer to Wednesday’s question… 

What did Kaye Ballard’s character on “The Doris Day Show,” Angie Palucci, do for a living?

a) hairdresser
b) Italian restaurant owner
c) musician
d) nurse
e) teacher

…is: b) Italian restaurant owner. Angie and her husband Louie (Bernie Kopell) rented their apartment over their Italian restaurant to Doris and her sons Billy and Toby.

Trivia All-Stars
Gerry Bixenspan, John Brooker, Larry Collins, Mark Cosenza, Maureen Goldman, Geoffrey Gordon, Bob Ingersoll, David Jackino, James Kelly, Synda Kollman, Rick Locke, Jody McIntyre, Richard Naldrett, James Pearn, Gordon Purcell, Neal Sabin, Anthony Salerno, Joe Swaney, Dan Whitford